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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 11:49 PM

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Time to put our own stamp on the NHL All-Star Time to put our own stamp on the NHL All-Star "Fantasy" Draft. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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It's all-star weekend, which means it's time for the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. As the self-appointed fantasy guys around here, we figured we'd use this week's Fantasy Hockey Faceoff to make suggestions on how to improve the event.
By Jordan Shifman & Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports

It's all-star weekend, which means it's time for the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. As the self-appointed fantasy guys around here, we figured we'd use this week's Fantasy Hockey Faceoff to make suggestions on how to improve the event.

Plus, we've got advice on roster moves to make at the all-star break in your league.

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Suggestion #1

Jesse: They need to stop calling this thing the All-Star Fantasy Draft. There's no fantasy! They're picking players to play on an actual team in an actual game! Leave the word fantasy to the guys who spend an inordinate amount of time putting together fake teams to compete against their buddies. Like us. Thank you.

Jordan: There are so many better options than Chara vs. Alfredsson or Lidstrom vs. Staal. What the draft needs is a little heat and animosity, or at least two guys that know how to put on a show and be controversial. I suggest using two retired NHLers. I suggest Brett Hull vs. Jeremy Roenick. The duo made a career out of being controversial and never knowing when to stop talking. You could even spice things up by having Chris Chelios as Roenick's assistant captain and they could actually coach their team.

Don't like that one? With rumours of next year's ASG heading to anywhere from Philly to Toronto, how about Ron Hextall vs. Felix Potvin or Tie Domi vs. a handful of Flyers' fans? Or do you could go with the instant classic of Wayne Gretzky vs. Mario Lemieux?

Or, if the NHL really wants this to be a "fantasy" draft, then two randomly selected fans should pick the teams.

Suggestion #2


Jordan: Instead of a pair of current or retired NHL players playing the role of captain, people may be more intrigued by two NHL general managers or executives going at it. Now that would be a fantasy draft. And who better to step into the spotlight than Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe? We all know how much those two love each other. Other options could include Eric Lindros vs. Bobby Clarke or John Tortorella vs. any New York reporter. Discuss.

Jesse: I agree with your premise that we need more entertaining captains. For that reason, I say make Sean Avery an all-time captain. Wait, he's not in the NHL? Doesn't matter. Fly him in every year and watch the thin smiles of the guys he picks who have to pretend they're happy to be on his team. Or, if that's not your idea of fun, three words: Cherry vs. Hodge. First guy to make an inappropriate comment gets the first pick!

Add this guy!

Jordan: Amidst a mediocre season, Montreal's David Desharnais has emerged as a bright young talent. Just 13 per cent owned in Yahoo! fantasy leagues, Desharnais has been producing as the team's top centreman between Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole. The 25-year-old has points in nine of his last 12 games (14 points) for a total of 34 points on the year, including a team-high 26 assists.

Drop this guy!


Jesse: Evander Kane is owned in 69 per cent of leagues, which means that 69 per cent of leagues have at least one disappointed owner. The young Jets forward went pointless in his last six games before he was sidelined with the concussion-like symptoms that have knocked him out indefinitely. I wouldn't bother waiting. Kane has only three goals since Dec. 10, and some folks in Winnipeg seem to think he may have some character issues.

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